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Poster: Reade Date: Oct 28, 2012 8:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1972

Jerry noticed. He questioned Phil's participation in one of the interventions the band did on his behalf given his history of drinking.

Now I know why I never liked those late 73 meltdowns, and couldn't understand anybody who did. Too drunk to stand? Nice. Never heard that one.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Oct 28, 2012 10:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1972

Hmm, that's funny. Those late '73 meltdowns are some of my favorite things they ever did! The rest of the band must've liked them too, considering they kept returning to the big feedback episodes through December.

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Poster: Reade Date: Oct 28, 2012 12:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1972

Oh, I'm aware they have their fans, and many. Just not me.
I remember Dick saying- in response to why not 12/18 instead of 12/19 for the first DP release- that he just loved the 12/19 meltdown.
For me, compared to the earlier explorations of the post-Pig lineup, say fall '72 and spring '73, the late fall '73 stuff sounds like a road weary band that was maybe privy to too much coke. Too wired. Clearly some of the subtlety and delicate nature of their musical conversations weren't as present. Now that I understand the Phil alcohol thing (I always thought The Heineken Years didn't commence until more mid & late-seventies) it all makes even more sense.
And so too why '73 and '74 gets such short shrift in his book. He was plowed!

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Oct 28, 2012 12:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1972

You might like this post, it raises some similar points:
http://moderndeadhead.blogspot.com/2011/07/grateful-dead-november-december-1973.html

Personally I don't see how 12/2 or 12/6/73, to name two, sound like over-wired, road-weary music; but we all have different ears!

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Poster: Reade Date: Oct 28, 2012 1:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1972

I did like it. Thanks for the link.

As said with regard to the deteriorating relationships between roadies and union locals back then, 'systemic issues' may have been involved in some of the dynamics of late '73 shows.
I like how he noted Phil getting louder each night as the evening wore on. Sounds about right for a guy teeing up another Heiny every fifteen minutes!